Become an Athlete

The South Region Stars  welcomes any athlete who fulfills the requirements set by Special Olympics of Minnesota and abides by its standards of conduct to become a member of the Stars.

  1. Eligible athletes must be at least 8 years old and identified by a professional as having one of the following conditions: a) intellectual disability; b) cognitive delay as determined by standardized measures or c) a closely related developmental disability which means functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills.
  2. Review the Code of Conduct, which establishes a standard of athlete behavior.
  3. Complete the Athlete Application for Participation form (The form is only valid with all signatures completed, must be signed by a licensed medical examiner and is valid for three years.)


Special Olympics Oath

In Special Olympics, the power and joy of sport, shifts focus to what our athletes CAN do, not what they can’t. As their lives open up, athletes gain the confidence that comes with achievement.

They feel empowered. They are ready to take on new leadership challenges to make use of their new abilities. They can become mentors for other athletes. They can train to become coaches and officials. They can also move toward a more public role as a speaker or spokesperson. They can speak to audiences and journalists about the positive changes that Special Olympics helped bring about in their lives.

At Special Olympics, our athletes are empowered to share their many gifts and talents with society.


In addition to focusing on sports, Special Olympics of Minnesota offer an Athlete Leadership Program.   Athlete Leadership exists to empower athletes to develop leadership skills.  Classes are offered through a University style weekend. During this weekend, athletes select a specific leadership course related to an area of interest, and they will learn, develop skills, and apply their knowledge in their teams and communities to benefit everyone. General sessions, guest speakers, incentive items, all meals, and elective courses will be included as well.


Special Olympics’s Health Athletes Program is aimed at improving access and health care for Special Olympics athletes at event-based health screenings.  Offered in a welcoming and fun environment, screenings are conducted by health care professionals and students, who in turn become better prepared to provide services to those with intellectual disabilities. In addition to a focus on overall fitness,  specialties including feet, hearing, eyes, and dentistry are also attention.